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What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis - which means "porous bone" - is a progressive medical condition in which the bone becomes thinner than normal, and weakens. As a result, bones break easily even with something as simple as a fall - causing fractures most commonly of the hip, spine and wrist. Men and women at any age may suffer from osteoporosis.

One out of four persons with a hip fracture due to osteoporosis ends up in a nursing home for long-term care. Out of that group, another one in four is at greater risk of dying within the first year after the fracture. The risk for death is even greater among men.